Accreditation 2017

2017 Accreditation Visit

De Anza College is seeking reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). As part of that process, De Anza produced a comprehensive Institutional Self-Evaluation Report that was drafted by governance groups with collegewide input. The college also hosted an evaluation team from the ACCJC, which visited the campus on Oct. 9-12.

The evaluation team held more than 30 meetings with individuals and groups on campus and at the Foothill-De Anza Community College District offices. Team members spoke with faculty members, classified professional staff, administrators and students during their visit. In addition, the team held two "Open Forum" meetings for the college community as a whole and presented a preliminary "exit report" at an open meeting on the last day of the visit. A final report will be sent to the college by ACCJC in coming months.

Cover of 2017 ISER

Accreditation Documents:

  • The full Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER) is available here and on De Anza's main accreditation webpage.

  • The Accreditation Reference Guide, which includes an abstract of the ISER, is available in flipbook format here.

  • Supplemental financial reports are
    available here. 

Summary of the Self-Evaluation Process

During this accreditation cycle, the College Planning Committee is serving as the Accreditation Steering Committee to guide the college through the self-evaluation process and prepare for the site visit by the ACCJC team. 


                                      Click here 
        for a presentation on the Accreditation process.


As part of the self-evaluation, the college examines its programs and activities in the context of ACCJC Standards and Eligibility Requirements, producing a comprehensive report. This report includes extensive evidence and concludes with a Quality Focus Essay that identifies plans and projects for future improvement. 

At the steering committee’s recommendation, College Council approved assigning individual shared governance groups to draft sections of the Institutional Self-Evaluation Report, drawing on their representative membership and areas of expertise. A complete list of the Standards assignments can be found in the Accreditation Reference Guide listed above.

The steering committee was responsible for compiling the sections into one document, drafting the Quality Focus Essay, soliciting feedback from the campus community, and incorporating the feedback into the final draft of the ISER. The ISER was approved by College Council on June 1 and by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District board of trustees on June 12.

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The accreditation review process includes the opportunity for submission of third-party comments. Such comments must be submitted in writing, signed and accompanied by the affiliation, return address and telephone number of the correspondent. The ACCJC accepts comments related to an institution’s compliance with Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards and Commission Policies. While such comments may be submitted at any time, comments should be received by the ACCJC no later than five weeks before the evaluation visit to ensure evaluation by the visiting evaluation team. The form for submitting third-party comment is available on the ACCJC website at

Accreditation Standards and Eligibility Requirements

The college is responding to the June 2014 ACCJC Standards. Click here for a downloadable PDF version of the Standards.

In addition to responding to the Standards, the college must adhere to a series of Eligibility Requirements, which are embedded throughout the Standards. Click here for a list the requirements.

Campus Accreditation Surveys



Accreditation Timeline


Additional Accreditation Presentations


For more information on the Accreditation process at De Anza College, contact Mallory Newell, supervisor of Institutional Research and Accreditation Liaison Officer.



Building: ADM123
Contact: Mallory Newell
Phone: 408.864.8777

Last Updated: 10/16/17